NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Places of Remembrance Project

To place the Anzac poppy flower head on the places such as roads and facilities that are named after wartime activities or people.  

Introduction

The local communities find the many places including roads, parks and trees, facilities and schools that are named after wartime events and people.  The project will provide some initial names.

Then to write a supporting story for each and permanently mark those places with the poppy flower head with appropriate ceremony and archive the records of those places.

Identifying places is started by anyone. All initial action through to agreement should take place at the local level.  

The local working group, comprising members from the council, local genealogical groups and the RSA adviser in agreement confirm each place against the soon to be prepared "Places of Remembrance" guidelines.  

The Places of Remembrance project will provide the final sign off.

The story

The personalised story for each naming is very important.  Council records may provide starting detail, but records such as soldiers' diaries in the family or at Alexander Turnbull Library and the National Army Museum can be invaluable.  Schools could have the opportunity to write the place's story.  The stories should include map references, relevant historic and current photographs, maps, names, descendants etc.  If there was a competition, the winning story being used to support the place.

Suggestions for the ceremony of the place

The marking of the new place should be celebrated.

It is a local matter for style and content and the ceremony should take place at the location of the place it may be more appropriate at some other suitable occasion such as an Anzac Day service.

The ceremony of the place is a significant occasion that recognises the history of the original naming and the formal assignment of the poppy to make a "Place of Remembrance".

It is a focus for the young people and will bring together descendants, children, the citizens, council and the RSA for the occasion.

Authorisations​

Authorisation has been received by the project from:

  • The Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association to the use of the poppy, and
  • Land Transport New Zealand to placing the poppy on the street sign name blades.

Contacts

You can email us at info@poppyplaces.nz

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This activity is being worked on from
2014
Date added: 19 September 2013 | Last updated: 20 February 2017

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